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January 10, 1997
Secretary of State-designate Madeleine Albright charmed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at her confirmation hearings this week. But the real test of her influence will be in how persuasive her advocacy proves to be on a Congress that doesn't seem to know or care very much about the tasks and challenges facing American diplomacy in a world that still looks to this country for leadership.
August 12, 2004 |
Pouring money into political parties, charities and armed organizations in a semi-covert campaign for influence and control, Iran has emerged as a silent and powerful force in postwar Iraq, Iraqi officials and Western diplomats said. As a neighbor, former enemy in war and sometime haven for opponents of Saddam Hussein, Iran has long been a factor in Iraq's political life.
September 3, 2004 |
Despite its fervent denials, Israel secretly maintains a large and active intelligence-gathering operation in the United States that has long attempted to recruit U.S. officials as spies and to procure classified documents, U.S. government officials said. FBI and other counterespionage agents, in turn, have covertly followed, bugged and videotaped Israeli diplomats, intelligence officers and others in Washington, New York and elsewhere, the officials said.
April 17, 2006 |
Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) and three Democratic colleagues called for direct U.S. talks with Iran to defuse political tension about its nuclear capability and address global concerns about energy supplies. "I think that would be useful," said Lugar, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "We need to make headway diplomatically. Maybe we need to focus our attention less right now" on nuclear issues, considering that Iran is the world's No. 2 holder of gas and oil reserves.
May 18, 2002 |
WASHINGTON -- Underscoring the importance of the U.S. military alliance with Europe, Congress sent President Bush a bill he wanted Friday that endorses an expansion of NATO and authorizes security assistance for seven nations that hope to join. "The Cold War may be over, but the security and welfare of America and Europe are very closely linked," said Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Senate approved the bill Friday, 85 to 6.
July 30, 2002 |
The U.S. government said Monday that there is "strong international support" for Brazil in any talks the country has with the International Monetary Fund--a day after Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill said he wouldn't endorse new aid to the troubled economy when he visits next week. O'Neill's comment Sunday that the U.S. had no plans for new aid triggered a 5.4% decline in the Brazilian real, the currency's biggest one-day drop since January 1999. The real closed at 3.
April 29, 2005 |
The Bush administration has forged a close intelligence partnership with the Islamic regime that once welcomed Osama bin Laden here, even though Sudan continues to come under harsh U.S. and international criticism for human rights violations. The Sudanese government, an unlikely ally in the U.S. fight against terror, remains on the most recent U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.
December 21, 2009 |
Army Spc. Kathy Tanson, who grew up on a farm in Corning in Northern California, is wrestling goats and sheep into submission so they can be vaccinated against parasites and anthrax. Spc. Jose Lopez, who worked at his uncle's irrigation company in Tulare County, is putting headlocks on cattle so they stand still for their shots, one for rabies and another one to provide a vitamin boost to help them through the brutal Afghan winter. And Col. Eric Grimm, who attended veterinary school before joining the military, is demonstrating the proper way to subdue a balky donkey without getting kicked: Grab it by the head with one hand, and lift up its tail with the other.
June 3, 2006 |
Robert Ford, the top political advisor in the U.S. Embassy here, can pinpoint his worst day in Iraq: Jan. 4, 2005, when he learned that the governor of Baghdad had been gunned down. The capital lost an ambitious and energetic leader, and he lost a friend. The governor, Ali Haidari, had been targeted before, in an assassination attempt that destroyed the armored car the U.S. had given him.
September 17, 2007 |
Colombia says Nicaragua gave up all claims to this idyllic Caribbean island in a 1928 treaty. Nicaragua contends that it signed the treaty at the point of a gun while occupied by U.S. Marines and that it is the rightful owner. The territorial spat, now before the International Court of Justice at The Hague, is just one of several roiling Latin America these days. In some ways, the region resembles a neighborhood with residents at one another's throats.